Supporting neighbors through volunteerism and charitable giving is an important part of BCBSMT's corporate citizenship. It’s what we call Blue Corps – activating employees to participate in the communities where we live, work and play. Giving back to Montana communities is an extension of our commitment to build lasting relationships with our members and health care providers.
Blue Corps employee volunteers annually commit more than 6,000 hours to help community partners. BCBSMT employees also invest in their communities’ needs by contributing generously to BCBSMT’s charitable giving campaign.
BLUE CORPS VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHTS
Each year, BCBSMT teams up with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to building playgrounds and increasing the physical activity levels of children. In 2018, BCBSMT, in partnership with Bozeman Parks and Recreation, built a new playground, impacting hundreds of children and families. We’ve also teamed up with KaBOOM! to bring new playgrounds to:
- 2017: West Bank Park, Great Falls
- 2016: St. Ignatius School
- 2015: Trails End Park, Billings Parks
- 2014: Main Street Park, East Helena
Governor’s Cup and Kids Marathon
BCBSMT is the long-standing sponsor and organizer of the Governor’s Cup, Montana’s premier running event for nearly 50 years. About 3,500 people annually participate, including more than 1,500 elementary who participate in the Kid’s Marathon, a program designed to inspire Montana’s kids to be active in a fun and rewarding group environment. Many BCBSMT employees volunteer during the two-day event to ensure it is a continued success.
Volunteer of the Year
BCBSMT’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year was Sam Allen – who registered nearly 400 hours of service. Lewis and Clark and Maverick 4-H, the Helena trap club, and hunter education classes are a few of the organizations and groups that Allen gives his time to. He is also a Taekwondo instructor, and finds time to coach softball and soccer, as well. Through BCBSMT, Allen was a concrete master at the most recent KaBOOM! playground build, assisted with the Kids Marathon program, and handled a water station during the Governor’s Cup.